(5) The disciples had real experiences that they believed were actual appearances of the risen Jesus;

Granted, this doesn’t proclaim the resurrection like many would want, but the fact of the matter is, no matter what the skeptic believes, the disciples “had real experiences that they believed were actual appearances of the risen Jesus.” And given the facts that Jesus’ death drove them into hiding in disillusionment and fear, their boldness after the self-proclaimed experiences is certainly noteworthy.

The disciples claims were convincing. They claimed, for example, to have seen Jesus on more than one occasion, they saw him as a group, they talked with him, heard him speak, and ate with him. Then, Thomas, one of the “twelve,” having been absent on one such appearance was invited to touch the wounded side of Jesus when he appeared again, emphasizing, I might add, the physicality of his appearances.

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